Practice of Skipping Breakfast and Associated Factors among Nursing Officers in A Selected Hospital in Colombo District
is the most vital meal of the day, which helps to start metabolism by providing
the energy and nutrients required by the body. Skipping breakfast by nursing officers
can negatively affect their health and also patient care. Hence, the study
aimed to assess the practice of skipping breakfast and its associated factors
among nursing officers.
descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted using a randomly selected
sample of 384 nursing officers of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital,
Kalubowila. A self-administered questionnaire and validated measuring scales
were used to collect data. Data were analyzed using descriptive
statistics and Chi-square test using IBM SPSS version 25.
the nursing officers, 53% were in the normal BMI category, while 36% were
reported as overweight or obese and 10% were underweight. Of the participants,
12% (n=47) skips their breakfast as a practice while 48.2% (n=185) skipped
sometimes. During the 14 days prior to data collection, 42.7% (n=164) and 40.0%
(n=154) of nursing officers had skipped their breakfast 1-3 times and > 4
times, respectively. The main reason for skipping breakfast was lack of time (31%,
n=119) (48%, n=174). Age (p=0.042) and marital status (p=0.007) were
significantly associated with the practice of skipping breakfast.
study revealed that most nursing officers skip breakfast as a practice. Age and
marital status were the significant predictors for skipping breakfast.
Appropriate interventions are needed to improve the good practices related to
breakfast and extensive assessments are required to evaluate the consequences
of skipping breakfast.